Steps to your GED® Credential

A short, free, and untimed practice test in all four subjects has been provided by the GED® Testing Service. These tests were originally designed as sample questions for educators, but they are available for test-takers, too. Each free practice test will let you experience all the types of computer-based questions asked, but the on-screen calculator does not work on the Free Math test.

You will receive no score on these tests because the answers with explanations for the correct and incorrect responses are given to you. Just click on Answer Explanation in the top left corner. You can do this after you try each question, or you can work through the whole test and then come back to look at the answers.

You can also click on the little flag at the top if you want to skip a question and come back to it later. The page after the last question will show you which questions you skipped and which ones you flagged. You can click on any question number to immediately go back to that question.

If the Free Practice Tests seem reasonably easy for you, then it would be good for you to click on the next tab above and move on to the official GED Ready™ Practice Tests. If, on the other hand, the Free Tests seem difficult to you, then you will probably need to study for a while before trying the GED Ready™ Practice Tests.

You can go to the Free Practice tests here at www.gedtestingservice.com

The GED Ready™ practice tests cost $6 for each subject, but they are a very good investment. These tests are longer than the Free Practice test, and half as long as the real GED® test. These tests are timed, and the amount of remaining time is displayed at the top right. You can click on the timer to make it go away if it is distracting to you, but it will automatically come back on when there is 10 minutes remaining on your test.

On the GED Ready™ practice tests, you will receive a score, but you will not get to see exactly which questions you missed. Instead, you will get a list of areas in which you need to improve to raise your score. Your score report will also indicate that you are either Likely to Pass, your score is Too Close to Call, or you are Unlikely to Pass. If you get a favorable score, don’t procrastinate in taking your real GED test. If your score isn’t high enough yet, don’t give up! Just study some more and then try another GED Ready™ practice test. There are two for each subject.

You can create an account and register for GED Ready™ Practice Tests here at https://ged.com

After you have been successful with a GED Ready™ practice test, go back to www.ged.com to schedule your real test. You can take one subject test at a time, so you can prepare for one test, take and pass it, and then move on to another subject.

After you pass your GED® Test, be sure to tell your teachers and mentors about your success. They will be glad to know!

You can also go back to www.ged.com to get information about jobs, training programs, college.

Questions About HSE Tests

Q: I’ve heard that there are alternatives to the GED® test. Is that true?

A: Yes, HiSET® and TASC® are also high school equivalency tests, and you can earn a high school equivalency credential just like you can with the GED® test.

Q: Will these tests still prepare me for college?

A: Yes. Colleges are now accepting the HiSET® and TASC® Tests. These tests are also listed on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Q: Can I take the HiSET® or TASC® test in my state?

Not every state has adopted the new tests, but the number of states are increasing every month. You can look to see if your state offers the tests by going to the HiSET® and TASC® websites: www.hiset.ets.org, www.tasctest.com

Q: How long will it take me to prepare for a high school equivalency test?

A: That all depends on you. Each student has a different amount of previous knowledge and time to devote to studying. However, the lessons in “I’m Not Afraid of Math Anymore!” are designed to give you exactly the math that you need to prepare. Every lesson in the GED Math Quick Guide was designed with the GED® math test in mind, and every lesson in the HSE Math book was designed with the HiSET® math test in mind. That’s why there are separate books for the GED math test and the HSE test.

Q: What are the advantages of taking one of the new HSE tests?

A: Both the HiSET® and the TASC® tests are available as a paper and pencil test or as a computer-based test. The GED® test is only available as a computer-based test. Also, the HiSET® and TASC® tests normally cost less than the GED® test. However, there is the possibility of receiving college credit for high scores on the GED® test.

Q: How do I register for a test?

A: You must register online for all the high school equivalency tests by going to each test's website: www.ged.com, www.hiset.ets.org, www.tasctest.com